A Strong Hand to Hold by Anne Bennett
When ARP warden Jenny O Leary opens a telegram one morning in 1940, grief threatens to engulf her. Her brother has been tragically killed in action. And it s the very same day that she is to save a girl whose loss is far greater than her own...Linda Prosser is just twelve years old when a bomb explosion instantly kills her family and leaves her crushed beneath a mass of debris. It s Jenny who rescues a girl who has nothing left in the world and who offers not just a strong hand to hold in the dark, but a home and friendship that is to last through the years. But then Linda falls in love with a man that Jenny cannot but hate. Has her debt to Jenny been repaid? Must she sacrifice her future happiness for her friend?